Luxury Personified at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, South Carolina
At the top of the elegant staircase leading to the East Wing is the "Ocean Room":https://kiawahresort.com/dining/the-ocean-room/ that offers gourmet dining. Gregg, the head waiter provides such wonderful descriptions of each dish I was constantly changing my mind. Gregg is so persuasive I was not surprised to learn that the restaurant sells more bottles of the digestive drink Underberg than any other place in America.
Charleston in South Carolina: A Trail of the Unexpected
Described as quintessential Charleston, Mrs Whaley's Garden on Church Street is, reputedly, the most visited private garden in America. Open during festivals and by appointment this pretty, very English garden, is charming. When it was first created by the renowned landscape architect, Loutrel Briggs, it reflected the Charlestonian tradition of creating garden rooms bordered by low hedges with a centre lawn. This garden is also the subject of a book, Mrs Whaley and her Charleston Garden ...
Paradise Regained on Kiawah Island, Charleston
Alligators are popular residents of this island and I saw several on my bike ride. One was sleeping on the lawn of a house, another, lying on the bank was keeping a watchful eye on me as I crept closer to take a photograph. As I was standing by a lake composing a photograph my attention was drawn to an alligator just below the surface of the water three feet in front of me. It was so large I took one hasty photograph and fled back to my bike.
Exploring Rome with TravelEyes: Three Day Trips in the Eternal City
After making our way into the Basilica of Saint Peter from the museums we had a chance to admire the original Pietà sculpted and signed by Michelangelo. This is the only piece of work he ever signed and he did so some years after it was completed when he overheard his masterpiece being credited to another sculptor ...
Exploring Rome with TravelEyes: Piazza Barberini to Piazza Navona
I never tire of my first glimpse of the "Pantheon":http://www.pantheon-rome.com as I enter Piazza della Rotonda and trying to find the right words to describe this mammoth building topped by an enormous gravity-defying dome made me appreciate it even more. This dome, enhanced by a halo of sunlight, is the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world and the Pantheon is one of the best preserved of all the buildings bequeathed to us by the Ancient Romans ...
A Taste of the Real Kenya
My request to stop and take a photograph of a woman working in the fields is granted. When I ask for permission to take a photograph my subject queries (through my driver) why I find this daily task worthy of my attention. She is no doubt unaware that tilling the land by hand is a practice that was abandoned many years ago in my country. Despite her misgivings permission is granted but as we move on she is still muttering in wonder to herself ...
Conservation Under an African Sky
Unaccustomed as I am to camping and night time strolls to an ablutions block top of my list of essentials was night-wear that exposed only my head, hand and feet. I achieved this by pairing some leggings with a round necked, long sleeved cotton top. This reducing the risk of feeding the local mosquitoes but no defence to a charge from the hippo that lived in the river a few yards away from my tent. In reality, the small bed in my tent proved to be surprisingly comfortable ...
Mauritius: A Jewel in the Indian Ocean
Beyond the swish of automatic doors and the glare of bright lights the town centre is a rush of traffic and people going about their daily business. Many of them are on their way to the heritage protected hall that houses the Port Louis central market. Mounds of polished, shining fresh fruit and vegetables are piled high on the stalls scattered around the huge main hall. The small shops on the mezzanine floor above the fruit and vegetable market are ablaze with colourful handicrafts, clothing and innumerable fridge magnets.
Destination Croatia: Land of Sun, Scenery and Sightseeing
Play pirates in Omis once an impregnable stronghold for the corsairs of Omis during the "Middle Ages":http://www.history.com/topics/middle-ages. They plundered the Croatian coastline in speedy ships built for the purpose and then sought shelter in the estuary of the River Cetina. This estuary was guarded by the strategically placed Fortress Mirabella also known as Peovica. Visitors can still climb up there today and enjoy the same vantage point that afforded these pirates their success. Pleasure boats run a service to this town wending their way through the reed beds that line the River Cetina. A very fitting entrance to this unusual little town.
Easter on Parade in Sorrento – an Exceptional Experience
Outside the hooded figures wait in silence, there is no breaking of ranks and not a word is spoken – just a street full of robed figures waiting and hoping. The whole experience was surreal and the next morning, while strolling through the crowded streets of Sorrento, I wondered if it really happened or if I dreamt it. Burnt out candles still littering walls and pavements confirm it really did happen ...